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December 19th, 2014 11:57 a.m.


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Narcotics squad searches turn up $145K in meth

Some $144,800 in methamphetamine was found between two Hall County locations following searches by the Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad.

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Middle schoolers make ornaments for kids

Middle schoolers make ornaments for kids

Thursday morning members of Gainesville Middle School’s Tome Society student literary group visited Challenged Child & Friends in Gainesville. Challenged Child and Friends offers a tailored and integrated experience where children with a variety of developmental delays and disabilities learn and grow in a full inclusion program with children who have typical development. The middle-school students also brought books for the students, along with snowman ornaments.

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New poultry lab’s operations smooth so far

New poultry lab’s operations smooth so far

The Georgia Poultry Laboratory is up and running in North Hall County, with ties mostly cut to its 50-year-old building in Oakwood.

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Radford Murphy works 60 years in poultry industry

Radford Murphy works 60 years in poultry industry

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Adult club's alcohol license hearing focuses on food sales

Food sales and registration were at the center of a hearing Thursday involving Gainesville adult club Top of Gainesville and its alcohol license.

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Flowery Branch sets list for tax projects

A new City Hall and road improvements are among potential projects that could be completed in Flowery Branch pending approval of a countywide sales tax.

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Gainesville, Hall governments look at cost of paid leave

When government employees are suspected of workplace misconduct, they are routinely placed on paid administrative leave while internal investigations are conducted, and the result can be costly to taxpayers.

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Oakwood man killed in wreck on Ga. 53 in Dawson




Local business leaders see upside in new U.S.-Cuba relations

The controversial move Wednesday by the Obama administration to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba was met with approval from business leaders in Hall County who said they believe the economic benefit could be substantial for local industries.

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H&R Block pros to offer tax tips

Two H&R Block tax professionals will present a free Tax Talk from 6-8 p.m. today at Blackshear Place Library in Gainesville.

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Gainesville police make transition to digital records

Gainesville police make transition to digital records

At the Gainesville Police Department, some of the new school is showing a thing or two to the old school.

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Nominations open for 2014 Young Man and Young Woman of Year

The Gainesville Jaycees are accepting nominations for the 2014 Young Man and Young Woman of the Year Award.

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Poultry firm donates 23 tons of meat to food bank

Poultry firm donates 23 tons of meat to food bank

Georgia Mountain Food Bank in Gainesville got an early Christmas gift Wednesday when Perdue Farms delivered 46,000 pounds of frozen chicken and meat products.

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Badge & Bar: Hall 911 staff raises $1K for kids’ wish lists

Four local families are getting help from the Hall County 911 Communications in a different way this Christmas.

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Cuba policy shift sparks differing local responses

After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations — a historic shift that could revitalize the flow of money and people across the narrow waters that separate the two nations.

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Juvenile in custody after man stabbed Tuesday night

A 16-year-old fled on foot after allegedly stabbing his stepfather Tuesday on East Ridge Road, authorities said Wednesday.

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Local moviegoers have mixed reactions to canceling of film's release

Under the threat of terrorist attacks from hackers and with the nation’s largest multiplex chains pulling the film from their screens, Sony Pictures Entertainment took the unprecedented step of canceling the Dec. 25 release of “The Interview,” a comedy movie starring Seth Rogen and James Franco about a slapstick assassination plot on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

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Gainesville High alumni replace missing elephant art

Gainesville High alumni replace missing elephant art

Counte Cooley was tired of driving by Gainesville High School and not seeing his elephant.

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Defense bill calls for Army control of Camp Merrill

Defense bill calls for Army control of Camp Merrill

Camp Frank D. Merrill outside Dahlonega has long been Army strong. With President Barack Obama’s signature, it will be Army controlled.

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Hall schools score higher in performance rating

Most Hall County schools and some Gainesville schools performed better than the state average on the College and Career Ready Performance Index, the latest tool used to measure how well schools are doing.

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Hanukkah: Faith burning brightly

Hanukkah: Faith burning brightly

Tuesday marked the first day of Hanukkah. The Jewish Festival of Lights celebrates the victory of the Jewish army, the Maccabees, over Syrian forces. It also celebrates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem, which had been ruined during battle.

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Eyes on the Roads: DOT suspends lane closures during holidays

In giving motorists some holiday relief, the Georgia Department of Transportation plans to suspend construction-related lane closures on all interstates and major state routes from 5 a.m. Tuesday through 10 p.m. Dec. 28.

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Riverside seeks new commandant of cadets

Following the abrupt departure of its commandant of cadets, Riverside Military Academy is refilling the position.

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Cleanup finally coming to Flat Creek

Funding to improve Flat Creek’s water quality has finally been approved in what city officials called a “monumental” agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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Male stabbed on East Ridge Road

A male was stabbed Tuesday evening in the 1100 block of East Ridge Road, according to the Hall County Sheriff's Office.

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BYOB painting concept comes to Gainesville

BYOB painting concept comes to Gainesville

The Gainesville community now has another option of what to do on Saturday night, or Thursday or Friday.

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Free gun locks available for pickup through Friday

Gun locks are available for free at three Gainesville locations.

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Gainesville city schools to renovate district’s central office

The Gainesville Board of Education wants to improve the district’s central office.

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Volunteer with U.S. Rep. Doug Collins

U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, is asking people to volunteer with him Thursday at the Georgia Mountain Food Bank to prepare food boxes.

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The Local Agenda: Area government offices to close for Christmas, New Year’s

Gainesville and Hall County offices have set hours around the upcoming holidays.

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Hall Fire Services wants to help victim who lost house in Saturday's blaze

Hall Fire Services wants to help victim who lost house in Saturday's blaze

Members of the Hall County Fire Services are hoping to reach a man displaced by a Saturday afternoon fire.

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Burial plot rates may rise at cemetery

Burial plot rates may rise at cemetery

The price of burial spaces may be rising at Gainesville’s Alta Vista Cemetery.

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Lula nearing budget as it wraps up downtown work

Lula is cutting it close on dollars as it wraps up a downtown improvements project.

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3 men arrested in robbery investigation suspected of gang ties

3 men arrested in robbery investigation suspected of gang ties

Three suspects arrested at a Hall County home Sunday following a robbery investigation were charged with having alleged criminal street gang ties.

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Hall Schools to finally buy rest of land school built upon

For decades, a Hall County school sat on property the system did not own.

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Budget bill passed by Congress includes $1.5M for Savannah harbor

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2 injured after crash with school bus

Two people were injured Monday morning when a Jeep rolled over after it crashed with a Gainesville school bus.

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Chattahoochee Riverkeeper: Environmental watchdog group’s founder hands over reins

Chattahoochee Riverkeeper: Environmental watchdog group’s founder hands over reins

Chattahoochee Riverkeeper has worked the past 1½ years on a “seamless transition” in top leadership, as one of Georgia’s most recognizable faces in environmental advocacy heads into retirement.

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Class Notes: Brenau director of research publishes debut nonfiction book on ecotheology

A Brenau University director of research has published his debut book.

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Medicaid change could limit access to doctors

With a Medicaid fee boost set to expire at the end of the year, health care professionals in Gainesville fear the effects will be seen the most with children.

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UNG group spearheads awareness campaign for Medical Amnesty Law

If there’s life, there is hope.

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State senator wants immunity for victims of human trafficking

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Three men arrested on gun, drug charges

Three men arrested on gun, drug charges

A robbery investigation at a Hall County home led to three Gainesville men being arrested Sunday on drug and gun charges.

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Local nonprofits need more volunteers

Local nonprofits need more volunteers

The elderly need company, the hungry need food, the poor need affordable homes, but people in Hall County don’t have much time to help.

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Education, medicine top legislative priority lists for local leaders

From teaching medicine to practicing medicine, education and health care are two key areas for Hall County’s delegation coming into the next legislative session.

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Transportation funding at a crossroads yet again

A slowing of state transportation projects getting contracts looks to start again next year, as uncertainty over future federal funding builds anew.

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Low gas prices leave more cash left for convenience items

Low gas prices leave more cash left for convenience items

As gas prices hit a record low for the year Saturday morning at $2.48 a gallon average in Gainesville, the steady decline in gas prices across the country has everyone excited — not just customers.

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Sergeant breaks record in effort to raise money for youth home

Sergeant breaks record in effort to raise money for youth home

Sgt. Greg Cochran of the Hall County Sheriff’s Office beat his own world record Saturday morning when he flipped a 555-pound tire 205 times.

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Man taken to hospital after fire burns small North Hall home

A man was taken to the hospital for possible smoke inhalation Saturday afternoon after his home on Clarks Bridge Road burned.

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Authorities find no trace of home invasion suspect


Federal nutrition standards don’t affect Hall County’s high-quality lunches

Federal nutrition standards don’t affect Hall County’s high-quality lunches

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Hall County Gainesville law enforcement prohibit profiling

Following a federal expansion of the profiling ban this week, local law enforcement officials said their policies are set to hold their officers to similar standards.

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Gainesville students to compete in First Lego League contest

Gainesville students to compete in First Lego League contest

Many senior citizens are uncomfortable using a computer, but fifth-graders at Centennial Arts Academy want to help change that.

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J.C. Penney submits plans for $1M remodel at Lakeshore Mall

The J.C. Penney Co.’s department store at Lakeshore Mall has submitted plans for review to Gainesville’s community development department that call for $1 million in renovations.

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Missing elderly man found in metro Atlanta

A man who went missing Wednesday from Gainesville was found Thursday at about 7 p.m. in metro Atlanta.

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Pulitzer-winning photojournalist with Gainesville ties dies in Liberia

Pulitzer-winning photojournalist with Gainesville ties dies in Liberia

Photojournalist Michel du Cille, a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner who started his career at The Times in the 1970s and more recently captured compelling images of Ebola patients and their caretakers, died in Liberia while on assignment for The Washington Post. He was 58.

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Bus service sets schedule for holidays

The Gainesville Connection bus service is offering extended hours in the days before Christmas.

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Third annual memorial blood drive to honor Eagle Scout

The third annual Patrick Kelley Memorial Blood Drive on Saturday will honor an Eagle Scout and Gainesville High School band member.

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Stand Down event offers help

Clothing, blankets and food will be available 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at St. John Baptist Church in Gainesville.

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77-year-old Gainesville man reported missing

The Hall County Sheriff’s Office put out a notice Thursday afternoon for a missing Gainesville man.

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Centennial second-graders raise money for cow for needy family

Centennial second-graders raise money for cow for needy family

Schoolchildren in Gainesville are counting their pennies and dimes and pooling their allowances to buy a cow.

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Questions arise after iPad theft of 6-year-old

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Two escape fire; woman evacuates pets in nearby shop

Two escape fire; woman evacuates pets in nearby shop

Donald Kight had just arrived home from work when he learned a fire was burning in the apartment just beneath him.

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Public safety tops project list for sales tax extension vote

Public safety has emerged as the main focus of the project list for a possible extension of a special purpose local option sales tax.

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Hall commissioners approve rezoning for Brenau athletic complex

Hall commissioners approve rezoning for Brenau athletic complex

The rezoning application for Brenau University's athletic complex was approved Thursday afternoon at a Hall County Board of Commissioners meeting.

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Questions swirl after theft of iPad from 6-year-old


Gainesville may spend $670,600 on Flat Creek project

Gainesville may spend $670,600 on Flat Creek project

Gainesville is looking to pay the Army Corps of Engineers $670,600 to kickstart what will be the largest stream restoration project the city has done on long-troubled Flat Creek.

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Legislators say road funding will be big issue in 2015

Fixing Georgia’s roads and bridges will be a top priority for the General Assembly when it reconvenes Jan. 12, Hall County delegation members said Thursday morning.

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Hall has one of highest percentages of charter schools in country

Hall County School District is a national leader in charter schools’ growth, but the future of charter schools in the area remains unclear.

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Leaf removal continues in Gainesville

Leaf removal continues in Gainesville

More than 120 loads of leaves have been picked up this season in Gainesville, according to city officials.

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Badge and Bar: Law enforcement to offer free gun locks

Safe Kids Gainesville/Hall County is working with local law enforcement to offer free gun locks, hoping to limit household firearm accidents.

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Bones have yet to be identified


Committee holds off on tax funding for mall improvements

Committee holds off on tax funding for mall improvements

With an armload of questions about Lakeshore Mall’s renovation efforts, area government and school officials decided Wednesday to put off using taxpayer money that’s aimed at helping projects in blighted areas.

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Sheriff’s Office seeks help in identifying remains

Human remains were found in October in East Hall County and the Hall County Sheriff’s Office is now seeking help identifying the person.

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Monday stabbing suspect found, arrested

Monday stabbing suspect found, arrested

The suspect in a Monday stabbing was found at a Gainesville motel Tuesday and arrested, said Hall County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Nicole Bailes.

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